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The Hero and the Crown

The Hero and the Crown (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By McKinley, Robin

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Aerin, with the guidance of the wizard Luthe and the help of the Blue Sword, wins the birthright due her as the daughter of the Damarian king and a witchwoman of the mysterious, demon-haunted North.

ISBN 9780441013050
Barcode 9780441013050
Published 2 January 2007 by Ace Books
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780441013050
ISBN-10 0441013058
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Ace Books
Imprint Ace Books
Publication Date 2 January 2007
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By McKinley, Robin
Category Fantasy Fiction
Number of Pages 292
Dimensions Width: 133mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 240g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
Library of Congress Fantasy
NBS Text Science Fiction & Fantasy
ONIX Text Children/juvenile;General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
Catalogue Code 76347

Description of this Book

From childhood, Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother-a witchwoman who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth, leaving behind a newborn daughter and an heirless land. Left to her own devices, Aerin grew up wild, doing her best to live up to her reputation as the disappointment of the realm. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny, and leave Aerin with a duty to her scornful homeland that she couldn't refuse.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Refreshing...[McKinley] writes a sonorous, deliberately repetitive prose that, in its somber rhythms, evokes the sounds of Middle Earth as well as of ancient bards. It sustains the otherworldly atmosphere she painstakingly creates through the judicious use of arcane and invented words, restrained descriptions, and interior monologues...[She has] created an utterly engrossing fantasy. -The New York Times Confirms McKinley as an important writer of modern heroic fantasy, a genre whose giants include C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkein, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Lloyd Alexander. -The Washington Post A work of considerable imaginative power. -Philadelphia Inquirer I respect her writing and reread her constantly, finding new perception each time. -Anne McCaffrey, bestselling author of The Dragonriders of Pern Extraordinarily fine fantasy...a spectacular read. -The Raleigh (NC) News & Observer What Robin McKinley does to perfection in The Hero and the Crown is take some of the standard elements of fantasy and, with her uniquely personal vision, make them fresh and delightful again. -The Christian Science Monitor McKinley has created an epic heroine in Aerin...a powerful fantasy. -Fantasy Review Beautifully rendered...McKinley's battle scenes are galvanizing and her romantic ones stirring. -Booklist Robin McKinley's Damar books are among the finest sword and sorcery being written today. -Locus

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Author's Bio

Robin McKinley has won various awards and citations for her writing, including the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and a Newbery Honor for The Blue Sword. Her other books include Sunshine; the New York Times bestseller Spindle's End; two novel-length retellings of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Beauty and Rose Daughter; and a retelling of the Robin Hood legend, The Outlaws of Sherwood. She lives with her husband, the English writer Peter Dickinson.

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